• Why '13 Reasons Why' needs to be discussed

    We invited Jason Trethowan, CEO at 'headspace' to write for us this week on the topic of the 
    recent Netflix series 'Thirteen Reasons Why'.  He also shares a valuable tool they have developed to assist adults to talk with young people about the show and it's themes.
     
  • "I will die without my music"

    Young people love their music. It is a well- researched and documented phenomenon.  Here, music therapist, adolescent specialist and guest blogger Carmen Cheong-Clinch explores the relationships between young people, their music and mental health care.

  • Residential Care in Australia

    There has been ongoing concern about the safety and quality of children’s experiences in Australia’s residential care systems for a very long time. The ABC Four Corners program that aired last week, 'Broken Homes', is another example of the concerns that have been expressed by many. We heard again about the lack of safety experienced by the young people and the failures in the system to support staff. The program raised many questions about child protection systems in Australia. This blog reflects on some of those questions.

  • Child Centred Practice Part 4

    In this, the fourth article in our series, we will look at why an understanding of child development is important to organisations aiming to be child centred in their delivery.

  • Mental Health, Young People and Trauma

    Increased diagnosis in mental health may be masking our understanding of, and response to, behaviours that are really manifestations of trauma writes Alexa Duke.

  • Shame

    Have you ever thought about how children, young people and adults have come to hold onto a platform of Shame? Here, Deb McKenzie shares how in her role as an educator and school counsellor, she often wondered how to best help support a young person who held onto such a negative image of themselves.  This concern has taken her on a journey of learning around the topic.

  • Sexting and Young People

    If you work with young people, you no doubt know about sexting – the act of sending nude or provocative pictures via text on mobile phone or social media.  What you may not know is that doing so amounts to a criminal offense under Commonwealth Law, even if all parties are willing.